Locked Out?: How the United States Limits Voter Participation
Winders, William P.
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Until recently, only about half of eligible voters in the United States voted in presidential elections. Even with the substantial increase in turnout in 2004, more than 40 percent of Americans stayed away from the polls. Turnout in state and local elections is even lower. Why? How can we explain such low levels of voting? In a variety of ways, our political system, especially the rules governing elections, actually hampers people voting. This talk will explore the effects of a variety of election policies, such as our registration system and voter ID laws, by putting them into historical and comparative perspectives.